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Film and Video Editors - 27-4032.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Edit moving images on film, video, or other media. May work with a producer or director to organize images for final production. May edit or synchronize soundtracks with images.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Editor
  • Film Editor
  • News Editor
  • News Video Editor
  • News Videotape Editor
  • Non-Linear Editor
  • Online Editor
  • Tape Editor
  • Television News Video Editor
  • Video Editor

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Collaborate with music editors to select appropriate passages of music and develop production scores.
  • Conduct film screenings for directors and members of production staffs.
  • Confer with producers and directors concerning layout or editing approaches needed to increase dramatic or entertainment value of productions.
  • Cut shot sequences to different angles at specific points in scenes, making each individual cut as fluid and seamless as possible.
  • Determine the specific audio and visual effects and music necessary to complete films.
  • Develop post-production models for films.
  • Discuss the sound requirements of pictures with sound effects editors.
  • Edit films and videotapes to insert music, dialogue, and sound effects, to arrange films into sequences, and to correct errors, using editing equipment.
  • Estimate how long audiences watching comedies will laugh at each gag line or situation to space scenes appropriately.
  • Manipulate plot, score, sound, and graphics to make the parts into a continuous whole, working closely with people in audio, visual, music, optical, or special effects departments.
  • Mark frames where a particular shot or piece of sound is to begin or end.
  • Organize and string together raw footage into a continuous whole according to scripts or the instructions of directors and producers.
  • Piece sounds together to develop film soundtracks.
  • Program computerized graphic effects.
  • Record needed sounds or obtain them from sound effects libraries.
  • Review assembled films or edited videotapes on screens or monitors to determine if corrections are necessary.
  • Review footage sequence by sequence to become familiar with it before assembling it into a final product.
  • Select and combine the most effective shots of each scene to form a logical and smoothly running story.
  • Set up and operate computer editing systems, electronic titling systems, video switching equipment, and digital video effects units to produce a final product.
  • Study scripts to become familiar with production concepts and requirements.
  • Supervise and coordinate activities of workers engaged in film editing, assembling, and recording activities.
  • Trim film segments to specified lengths and reassemble segments in sequences that present stories with maximum effect.
  • Verify key numbers and time codes on materials.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Collaborate with others to determine technical details of productions.
  • Collaborate with others to prepare or perform artistic productions.
  • Coordinate activities of production personnel.
  • Create computer-generated graphics or animation.
  • Determine presentation subjects or content.
  • Determine technical requirements of productions or projects.
  • Develop promotional materials.
  • Edit audio or video recordings.
  • Label production materials.
  • Manage content of broadcasts or presentations.
  • Operate audio recording equipment.
  • Operate communications, transmissions, or broadcasting equipment.
  • Provide information to coworkers.
  • Study scripts to determine project requirements.
  • Verify accuracy of data.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Advanced Visual Information-Graphics Marine (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Advanced Visual Information-Motion Media Marine (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Advanced Visual Information-Photojournalism Marine (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Broadcaster (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Chief Public Affairs NCO (Army - Enlisted)
  • Combat Camera Chief (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Combat Graphics Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Combat Photographer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Combat Videographer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Communication Director (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Communication Strategy and Operations Chief (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Hospital Corpsman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Information System Technician (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Intermediate Public Affairs Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Mass Communications Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Master Photojournalist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Motion Picture and Television Project Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Multimedia Cameraman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Multimedia Director/Producer (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Photographic Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Photojournalist Journeyman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Pictorial Editor (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Public Affairs (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Mass Communication Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Specialist (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Supervisor (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Public Information Specialty (Coast Guard - Warrant Officer only)
  • Video (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Video Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Video Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Video Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Video Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Visual Documentation Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Visual Information Equipment Operator-Maintainer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Visual Information Manager (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Visual Information Specialist (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Digital Video Editor
  • Film or Videotape Editor

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Film or Videotape Editor
  • Optical-Effects Layout Person
  • Sound Cutter
  • Supervising Film-or-Videotape Editor